Date night ideas: The ultimate survival guide for parents
Make a planYes, logistics are boring. We’re all suckers for spontaneous romantic gestures, but with kids to worry about, who has time for it? For an uninterrupted evening enjoying each other’s company, you need to know in advance:
- What is your itinerary?
- Where will the kids be?
- What constitutes a “call me” emergency?
Gather your suppliesPicture it in your head: what is your perfect, romantic evening? It doesn’t have to be a movie moment, just something fun or relaxing—whatever your ideal date night, you need the right supplies to pull it off with a minimum of “I miss mommy” tantrums from the kids and “I need to check on the kids” panic moments from you. While every family and every date will be different, here are some of the supplies you’ll need to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible:
Night on the town ideasSure, you could do dinner and a movie. It’s classic! But there are so many other options out there to pursue similar interests, learn new things, and find adventure. For any out of the house date plans, take the following with you.
- A sitter for the kids
- Your phone (set to “do not disturb” with the exception of your sitter)
- A rideshare app (just to be safe!)
- A way to record some memories (polaroids, anyone?)
Things to do for date nightGo online and check out your area. Find an activity or event that you both will love. Here are some ideas:
- Find a music or comedy show in your area
- Take a cooking or painting class together
- Tour a museum, brewery, or other place that fascinates you
At home date night ideas
- A place for the kids to spend the night (sitter, friend, or relative)
- Your favorite grown up beverage
- A meal prep service or takeout
- A safe, out of sight place for your phone (check out this out-of sight charging box!)
Things to do for date nightJust because you’re staying home doesn’t mean your options are limited. Here are some ideas for your special night in.
- Takeout, Netflix, chill. You do enough work, take a night off.
- VIP dance party. No kids, no rules. Crank the tunes and dance.
- Cook a fancy dinner together… And you don’t have to do the dishes till tomorrow.
Make the night tantrum-proofLet’s nip the meltdowns in the bud by making sure the kids have everything they need for a fun, quiet night. No missing stuffed animals, no forgotten bedtime books—you’ve got this. Here’s a quick catch-all of things your kids will need to have handy while you’re on your romantic date:
- Favorite toys, security blankets/stuffed animals
- A dinner menu they can’t say “no” to (mac n’ cheese, anyone?)
- Fun activities at the ready (craft supplies, props for imaginative play)
- A way to get in touch (for saying good night!)
- Your secret weapon: the promise of a reward for good date night behavior